Our Alumnae

The Barnard Anthropology Department was the leaping off point for many of the most influential female anthropologists of the twentieth century, including Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston, Elsie Clews Parsons, and many others. Today, the tradition continues...


Recent books by Barnard Anthropology alumnae:


Dr. Ramah McKay is Assistant Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique was just published by Duke University Press (2018 publication date).





Dr. Aihwa Ong ('74) is Professor of Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her latest book, Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life was published by Duke University Press in 2016.






Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. Treating AIDS: Politics of Difference, Paradox of Prevention was published by Rutgers University Press in 2014.







Dr. Alice Kehoe is Professor Emeritus at Marquette University. Her fourteenth book, Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Critical Thinking on Ancient Transoceanic Voyages was publised by Routledge Press in 2016. Just two years prior, Dr. Kehoe's A Passion for the True and Just: Felix and Lucy Kramer Cohen and the Indian New Deal was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2014.






Joan Rivers, fabulous alumna of Barnard's Anthropology Department, published her final book, Diary of a Mad Diva in 2014.








Dr. Alexa Dietrich is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department of Wagner College and is currently serving as Director for the "Scholarly Borderlands" and "Religion and the Public Sphere" programs at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The Drug Company Next Door: Pollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico, which won the Julian Steward Award for the best book in environmental anthropology (2015), was published by NYU Press in 2013.






 Dr. Marcy Brink-Danan is an Associate Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jewish LIfe in Twenty-First Century Turkey: The Other Side of Tolerance was published by Indiana University Press in 2011 as part of their "New Anthropologies of Europe" series.







Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. Acequia: Water, Sharing, Security, and Place was published by the School for Advanced Research in 2007.